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Scores Of Bay Area Flights Canceled In Wake Of Superstorm Sandy

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – As post-tropical cyclone Sandy battered much of the East Coast with strong winds, flooding and even blizzards Tuesday morning, many airports remained shut down and dozens of flights were canceled at Bay Area airports.

Some 114 flights had been canceled from San Francisco International Airport as the noon hour approached, a duty manager said.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, seven airports remain shut down because of the storm, including John F. Kennedy International Airport, Newark International Airport, and La Guardia Airport.

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There is no estimated time when the airports will reopen.

SFO had also seen cancellations of flights going to and from Boston, Baltimore, both Washington D.C. airports and Philadelphia, airport duty manager Shannon Wilson said.

Oakland International Airport has a small number of flights that go in and out of JFK that have been affected, an airport official said.

Mineta San Jose International Airport had only one flight canceled Tuesday into JFK, spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes said.

On Monday night a flight into Boston was canceled, she said.

Before heading to the airport, travelers are advised to check the

status of their flights.

Also Tuesday, a white powdery substance found inside a bucket near a curb at San Francisco International Airport Tuesday morning was deemed harmless, an airport duty manager said.

The San Francisco Fire Department’s hazardous materials team was called in around 8:45 a.m. after an airport employee spotted the brown, one-gallon bucket about half filled with the white substance between Terminals 1 and 2 in the upper-level departure area, duty manager John Ginty said.

The bucket was removed around 10:30 a.m. after the hazardous materials team determined that the substance was not dangerous, Ginty said.

No flights were affected and no injuries reported.

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